The regular pheasant season opens Saturday, October 13, in northern Idaho, Area 1, and runs through December 31.

In the rest of the state the season opens October 20. It runs through November 30 in eastern Idaho, Area 2, and through December 31, in southwest Idaho, Area 3.

Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset; except on the Fort Boise, C.J. Strike, Montour and Payette River wildlife management areas, where shooting hours are from 10 a.m. to one-half hour after sunset.

The daily bag limit is three cocks, and the possession limit is nine, except on wildlife management areas where pheasants are stocked, where the daily limit is two cocks and six in possession.

Hunters 17 and older need a wildlife management area upland game bird permit – $23.75 for resident hunters and $51.75 for nonresidents – to hunt on the nine Idaho Fish and Game wildlife management areas where pheasants are released, including the Fort Boise, C.J. Strike, Payette River, Montour, Sterling, Market Lake, Mud Lake, Cartier Slough and Niagara Springs wildlife management areas.

All pheasant and upland game bird hunters are required to wear a minimum of 36 square inches of hunter orange above the waist during the pheasant season while hunting on wildlife management areas where pheasants are stocked. A hunter orange hat meets this requirement.

All hunters must have a valid 2012 Idaho hunting license. For more information, go to

Logo courtesy Idaho Department of Fish and Game

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